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Jan 18, 2007 04:24 PM

chicken stock

I made some chicken stock last night and forgot to put it in the refrigerator, so it stayed out over night. Should I throw it out, or can I save it by boiling for a certain amount of time? Thanks

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  1. I'm sure it's fine but taste and smell it to be sure. I usually leave stock out to cool down completely before I pack it into containers to freeze. And if it's late and I don't want to stay up, it'll sit out overnight. Never had a problem.

    1. Same here. Mine almost always sits out overnight to cool down before I put it in the fridge, and I've been making it for 10 years and haven't gotten sick once.

      1. Throw it out immedietly. It should never be out for more than 2 hours. Boiling it will not kill everything!!

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        1. re: Becca Porter

          ... but it takes at least eight hours for it to cool in a refrigerator if put in right off... ? But then, I also return my stock to a simmer before using it in soups and stews...

        2. uh, 3rd vote for cooling at room temp overnight.

          i think americans are very paranoid about refrigeration. if you're worried, boil it then store it. you'll be boiling it again too.

          1. We learn in my chef training classes not to leave any stock out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. Even then it should be held in a bain marie, not at room temperature (the "danger zone").

            I'd throw it out - better safe than sorry.